Grosses

'Ouija' Off To Respectable Start; 'John Wick' and 'St. Vincent' Look PromisingOctober 25, 2014 08:23 AM

by Phil Contrino

Saturday Update: Ouija is off to a respectable start. The horror flick is headed for a $20 million debut after snagging $8.3 million on Friday. Unlike most horror entries, Ouija should hold up reasonably well considering that it has opened before Halloween.

John Wick is on pace for $14 million after tallying $5.5 million on Friday. 

St. Vincent is on pace for $8.2 million after grossing $2.6 million on Friday.

Check back tomorrow for official studio weekend estimates.

Friday Update #2: Sources tell BoxOffice that Ouija is headed for $19 million-$20 million during its debut frame. Of course, horror films tend to pop late on Friday night, so we're not ruling out a surge that could put the fright flick above that range.

John Wick is off to a solid start with what's look like a $14 million debut frame. If word of mouth is strong among action aficionados, then Keanu Reeves' latest could post an even higher debut. This definitely marks a comeback for Reeves.

St. Vincent is set for as much as $10 million during its expansion weekend.

Check back tomorrow morning for updated projections and official Friday estimates. 

Friday Update #1: Universal's Ouija bowed to $911,000 last night. That's noticeably behind the $2.1 million start for Annabelle earlier this month, although that pic had some benefit in marketing with the aid of being a prequel to last year's horror blockbuster The Conjuring. Ouija's Thursday take is more in line with Carrie's $730,000 last October, which ultimately earned $16.1 million over opening weekend. Ouija's own native brand awareness could feasibly give it a boost as the weekend progresses.

Lionsgate reports that John Wick grabbed a healthy $870,000 from Thursday night shows in over 2,000 locations. That more than double A Walk Among the Tombstones' $430,000 Thursday night start in September, which went on to earn $12.8 million over opening weekend, as well as Brick Mansions' $400,000 ($9.5 million opening weekend). Strong buzz and critical reviews for the sleeper hit had been building in recent weeks, which could be a factor in last night's strong turnout, but the chances of a weekend close to $20 million now look even better.

Meanwhile, The Weinstein Company is sending St. Vincent into wide release today following its healthy start in limited play over the past couple of weeks.

More as it comes.

 

Daily Domestic Gross Wed, Dec. 12 2012

Wide (1000+)

#TitleWed, Dec. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Skyfall$963,787-17%3,401-62$283$264,414,3195Sony / Columbia
2Lincoln$844,367-10%2,014-4$419$99,708,3625Disney / DreamWorks
3Life of Pi$748,473-25%2,94618$254$63,387,4223Fox
4The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2$712,401-17%3,646-362$195$270,972,5324Lionsgate / Summit
5Rise of The Guardians$515,575-18%3,639-33$142$63,402,9213Paramount / DreamWorks
6Playing For Keeps (2012)$429,931-26%2,837--$152$7,175,9041FilmDistrict
7Flight$316,051-16%2,431-172$130$87,188,8776Paramount
8Killing Them Softly$307,718-24%2,4240$127$12,847,1052Weinstein Company
9Red Dawn (2012)$298,673-18%2,754-27$108$38,200,9373FilmDistrict
10Wreck-It Ralph$265,558-17%2,746-341$97$165,239,5276Disney
11The Collection$132,141-9%1,4030$94$5,869,1362LD Entertainment
12End of Watch$95,783-13%1,2491225$77$40,288,70512Open Road

Limited (100 — 999)

#TitleWed, Dec. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1Silver Linings Playbook$225,567-9%3710$608$14,627,6894Weinstein Company
2Anna Karenina (2012)$189,737-12%42238$450$7,179,1924Focus
3Argo$157,438-4%944-99$167$103,610,5099Warner Bros.
4Hitchcock$73,841-17%181131$408$1,894,6413Fox Searchlight
5Taken 2$33,620-13%430-66$78$137,806,05210Fox
6The Sessions$28,193-3%197-29$143$5,031,5418Fox Searchlight
7Pitch Perfect$27,090-6%387-16$70$63,596,60811Universal
8Talaash$26,453-37%162-12$163$2,516,9452Reliance Entertainment
9Cloud Atlas$18,706-28%191-3$98$26,519,3737Warner Bros.
10Looper$17,933-2%232--$77$66,197,72311Sony / TriStar
11The Perks of Being A Wallflower$15,564-7%175-14$89$16,903,49112Lionsgate / Summit
12The Man With the Iron Fists$11,765-13%1817$65$15,558,2606Universal
13Alex Cross$11,502-17%214100$54$25,654,4868Lionsgate / Summit
14Seven Psychopaths$9,800-19%141-21$70$14,934,0589CBS Films

Platform (1 — 99)

#TitleWed, Dec. 12 2012LocationsAvg.TotalWks.Dist.
1The Polar Express (2012 re-issue)$12,31140%171$724$342,9163Warner Bros.
2To the Arctic 3D$9,255-10%520$178$10,157,41234Warner Bros. / IMAX
3A Late Quartet$9,202-9%63-11$146$1,023,6036Entertainment One / RKO
4Hyde Park on Hudson$7,175-2%4--$1,794$103,9361Focus
5Sinister$3,980-17%77-11$52$47,836,3289Lionsgate / Summit
6Ice Age: Continental Drift$3,0743%90-12$34$160,962,78022Fox
7Chasing Mavericks$2,91111%67-12$43$5,883,0177Fox
8Born to Be Wild 3D$2,874-38%300$96$21,486,55988Warner Bros. / IMAX
9Hecho en Mexico$2,737-6%2614$105$129,5552Lionsgate / Pantelion
10ParaNorman$2,467-9%81-23$30$55,933,91617Focus
11Trouble with the Curve$2,33915%71-29$33$35,760,92112Warner Bros.
12Silent Hill: Revelation 3D$2,132-29%76-48$28$17,515,1347Open Road
13The Dark Knight Rises$2,052-2%62-18$33$448,136,69221Warner Bros.
14House at the End of the Street$1,8055%68-40$27$31,594,42612Relativity Media
15The Master$1,799-20%230$78$15,901,01413Weinstein Company
16Arbitrage$1,683-14%25-10$67$7,882,42113Roadside Attractions
17Paranormal Activity 4$1,566-8%48-22$33$53,750,1958Paramount
18Fun Size$1,564-19%80-36$20$9,407,8167Paramount
19The Rabbi's Cat$85446%1--$854$6,0911GKIDS
20Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days$7975%47-5$17$48,986,97519Fox
21This Must Be the Place$7618%5-2$152$138,5016Weinstein Company
22The Intouchables$440-9%12-7$37$13,050,32429Weinstein Company
23Escape Fire: The Fight To Rescue American Healthcare$52-94%2--$26$84,84710Roadside Attractions